Federal Aviation Administration

Local surgeon killed in plane crash near Montgomery Field

Local surgeon killed in plane crash near Montgomery Field

A small plane crashed shortly after taking off from Montgomery Field early Wednesday morning, Feb. 21, diving nose-first into a Kearny Mesa parking lot under construction and killing the pilot, authorities said.

Family members identified the 61-year-old victim as Dr. John Serocki, a Del Mar resident. The orthopedic surgeon practiced at the Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, Ariz., and at Scripps Memorial Hospital in San Diego.

“Today we have lost an exceptional physician, colleague and friend, a man who dedicated his life and career to caring for patients,” Dr. Bharat Magu, chief medical officer at the Yuma Medical Center, said in a...

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